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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 29.09.2015

a delight !

one of the beaches past agia pelagia ..''.Lorenzo'' follow the dirt road past agios Nickolas towards kaki lagada and swim in these delightful beaches with their magic clear water !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.09.2015

in its full glory !!

the mitatia platia when the dance is on .. a far different story

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.09.2015

the ballroom !!

had to imagine this is the venue for the annual mitata wine festival dance in august ..thousands of feet have danced on this platia in years gone by and some huge hang overs the next day !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.09.2015

its like a pub with no beer !!

the platia at mitata where the mitata dance is held in august

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 22.09.2015

central potamo

busy main road in the heart of potamos .. its never a dull moment day or night!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 22.09.2015

rough seas !!

northerly winds in august whip up large waves at agia pelagia , while agia pelagia watches on !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 21.09.2015

firi ammos beach

great beach near the village of livathi ... with the village of avlomonas , the mountains of agia moni and agios georges in the background , how good does this beach look !!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 17.09.2015

one of the islands great secrets !!

a beach not used by many people in the summer .. felati beach which can be seen from agia ellessa , its the turn off just before you enter chora, its a bit of a scary drive down the steep mountain on a road that narrows in certain sections ,but the views are breath taking and its worth the drive down to the beach as the water is crystal clear and certainly very refreshing !!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 17.09.2015

post card !!

agia pelagia ... beautiful as ever !!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 17.09.2015

full platia !

always great to see a packed potamo platia in august

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 10.09.2015

' perfect'

what a beach , what a day , perfect place to spend a day on the beach .. chalkos

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

cystral clear !

magnificent swim on a picture perfect august day at chalkos beach near the village of kalamos at southern end of the island a spectacular beach , a must visit in the summer ....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

sitting on the dock of the bay !!

once the life line of agia pelagia , the mollo has seen 1000s of departures and arrivals of many years and its a shame now that the port of kythera is at diakofti .. its not the same as the boats docking at agaia pelagia

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

''the strip ''

one of the fun villages ... agia pelagia .. swimming , boating eating , coffee with friends , must now be the most populated village on the island , the growth of agia pelagia has been very rapid in the past 10 years ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.09.2015

logothetianika

the village of logothakianika , and in the background is potamo

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.09.2015

water baby !!

one of the great features of mylopotamos are the waterfalls neradia , the water is freezing but a great way to cool down on a hot august day followed by the best rabbit sefardio { rabiitt stew } lunch at the platia in the world !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 04.09.2015

on a clear day.....

great views from mermagari mountain near mylopotamos , from the highest point of the island, great views , including mylopotamos , logothanika and potamos !!!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 14.05.2015

Moni Myrtidion - August 1984

Beautiful monastery.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.05.2015

Agia Pelagia September 1994

Always beautiful!

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submitted by Kytherian Ecology on 09.03.2015

Get a glimpse of local life

4 Ways to Fall Madly in Love with Kythera

Posted by Abbie Synan

February 11, 2015

Activities, Greece, Vacation

Abbie Synan, originally from Pennsylvania, now calls the world her home. After years of working in medical administration, she took to a nomadic lifestyle and has spent the last two years exploring new cities, writing, volunteering and consulting. She is constantly searching for exciting experiences, taking photographs and writing stories to share on Speck On The Globe

The warm, buttery Oia sunsets in Santorini, the southern charm of Crete, and the mazes of whitewashed buildings in Mykonos are some of the main attractions luring travelers to Greece. While it’s true that these are some must-see sites on your Mediterranean vacation, for me the ultimate treasure is one many travelers miss. A defining trait of my slow travel experience is making the major tourist destinations supporting characters rather than the main focus of the trips. My love of slow travel tied in seamlessly with my visit to the stunning island of Kythera. Ready to fall in love? Here are the four activities that shouldn't be missed.

1. Experience a hiker’s paradise

The slow travel movement is connected with sustainability, and one of Kythera’s main activities highlights responsible tourism. The region’s hiking project began as a way to make old trails and paths more accessible, which evolved into an ecotourism and sustainability endeavor. The trails are all easily marked, providing a route to beautiful, untapped valleys and serene mountain views. If blazing eco-friendly trails aren't alluring enough, Kythera boasts some impressive caves beckoning to be explored, and its landscape rivals that of any other Grecian island.

2. Get a glimpse of local life

Plenty of places in Greece made me feel at home, but Kythera’s way of warmly revealing itself became the most welcoming. I spent my time there learning about the olive-picking season and how the olive groves affect the island’s inhabitants. My experiential trip to Xenonas Fos ke Choros enabled me to not only live in a more traditional small town but also brought me closer to a simpler, more relaxing way of life in Greece. All the residents were cordial and I found the best way to catch up on island gossip was to show up to the open market in Potamos in your Sunday best. Because slow travel allowed me to make more personal connections, I realized that each of the towns have something to offer beyond their quaint exterior. Even just sampling some delicious traditional food at a local taverna can prompt a deeper appreciation.

3. Live the sea lover’s dream

Mythology marks Kythera as the birthplace of Aphrodite, likely due to its beauty beyond compare. The intoxicating shorelines draw you down from the hilltops, revealing small, sandy beaches and unforgettably blue Mediterranean water. The benefit of spending time on such a small island is that there isn't much more to do than relax and take in the gorgeous scenery. One of the more memorable views I uncovered was a small church clinging to a cliff at the edge of the water. Legend is that this church, Agios Nikolaos o Krasas, was built by a ship captain after being saved at sea. It is a breathtaking homage.

4. Discover a historical haven

You can find the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the black Madonna), Byzantine historical sites, castles, and archeological remnants on this island, with dozens of interesting stories accompanying their presence. Of course, the quickest way to learn all about the folklore is to hear it from a local. My favorite part of uncovering the history was exploring the abandoned water mills and ancient fresco in the medieval villages of Kato Chora and Paleochora. Adding to the attraction of the island are dozens of small churches, cathedrals and monasteries for you to visit.

Very few places I've been have made it as hard for me to leave as Kythera. I came to know the island so well, and when I left, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a little bit of home. This is a feeling you can't get from hurriedly taking a tour bus through the historic sites. Slowing down and appreciating everything allowed me to open up a special place in my heart for Greece.